News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
May 19, 2011
This week for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, the Foundation’s Vice President of Research Dr. Laura Guay issued a statement about the importance of including children in future AIDS vaccine clinical trials.
On our Facebook page, one of our readers expressed concern about the potential risks, and asked whether it was safe for infants and children to be a part of these types of trials.
We thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss the issue further on our blog. Read more after the jump.
(Photo: EGPAF/Mia Collis)
Much progress has been made in recent years in the fight against HIV. Earlier this month, a new study was released confirming that using antiretroviral drugs to treat an HIV-infected person is a very effective way to prevent HIV transmission to another person.
However, today, as we commemorate HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, we're reminded that the science of an HIV vaccine is still beyond our grasp. Vitally important for infants and young children, as well as adults, an HIV vaccine would possibly set the stage for a lifetime of immunity to the virus.
Click past the jump to read more from the Foundation's Director of Clinical and Basic Research Dr. Jeffrey T. Safrit, about HIV vaccine studies, and how a vaccine could change the face of HIV.
May 16, 2011
Last week, we were reading several articles about a “groundbreaking” and “landmark” new AIDS study involving both treatment and prevention of HIV.
The HPTN 052 study used HIV treatment as a means of preventing sexual transmission of the virus within couples where one partner is HIV-positive, and the other is HIV-negative.
Continue past the jump to read more about this important study and to find out what other global health leaders are saying about it.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
May 11, 2011
Tanzanian First Lady Madam Salma
Kikwete at the new maternity ward at the
Mangaka Health Centre
(Photo: EGPAF/Mercy Nyanda)
Last month, the opening of a new maternity ward in the Mtwara region of Tanzania received national attention when the Tanzanian First Lady arrived in person to lend her support.
Madam Salma Kikwete, who has long been a strong advocate in the fight against HIV, joined us as the guest of honor at the Foundation-supported facility in the Nanyumbu District.
Click past the jump for a first-hand account of the event from the Foundation's Program Coordinator for Communications and Outreach in Tanzania, Mercy Nyanda.
Evan Von Leer
May 4, 2011
Just two weeks ago, we announced right here on our blog that we were nominated for a Webby Award in the Public Service and Activism, Online Film and Video category, and that we needed your help to win. Well, you spoke up and your voice was heard!
We are proud (and excited) to announce that we have won not one, but two awards -- a Webby Award, and a Webby People's Voice Award -- for our advocacy video, The Time to Eliminate Pediatric AIDS Is Now.
Click past the jump to learn more about the Awards and for some words of thanks from all of us at the Foundation for helping carry us to the win.
May 3, 2011
A mother and her newborn baby at the
King Sobhuza II public health unit in
(Photo: EGPAF/James Pursey)
Late last week, alongside the Swaziland Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Foundation marked the inauguration of the $12 million program called Eliminating Pediatric AIDS in Swaziland (EPAS).
The program-launch events began with a visit by Foundation President and CEO Chip Lyons to a public health facility in Manzini, the largest city in Swaziland that treats about 600,000 women and children every year.
The following day, more than 100 people attended a launch event in Swaziland's capital city of Mbabane, including Lyons, the Swazi Minister of Health, and the U.S. Ambassador.
Foundation Senior Regional Communications Officer Eric Kilongi was on hand and gives a first-person account of the event after the jump.